Significant number of Ryanair pilots reject bonus offer

Ryanair cancelled flights list UK Stansted

Things could be about to get even worse for passengers on Europe's biggest airline, Ryanair. "There isn't a union".

He adds: "We believe these working conditions are leading to pilots leaving the airline after a few years to go work for other airlines".

Ryanair are hoping to prevent further flight cancellations by taking back one week of its pilots' holiday, but they can't guarantee more disruption.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary admitted at the meeting that the firm was at fault and apologised to all shareholders in attendance for the "major management failure".

He refused to discuss media reports that many pilots had turned down offers of a £10,600 (€12,000) bonus and instead demanded improved contracts.

The airline said its airport bases in Dublin, Berlin and Frankfurt are understaffed and it needed to hire 125 new pilots.

Until now, Ryanair has used a 12-month period beginning April 1, which gave it a competitive advantage in scheduling pilots during the busy summer season because hours accumulated from January to March didn't carry over into the new scheduling year, the IALPA said in a statement.

A group of Ryanair pilots has refused a cash offer to work on their days off. "In short, we shall now 'work to rule", the letter says.

Thousands of Ryanair flights are being cancelled due to an issue with staff leave.

Mr O'Leary promised the problem would not recur in 2018 but said there would be a reputational hit from cancelling flights to and from destinations including Barcelona, Brussels, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan and Rome, which would not help future bookings. More serious was a less-noticed European Court of Justice ruling on September 14th which decreed that low-priced airlines' employment disputes with crew must go to local labour courts in all the countries where airlines have bases (Irish labour law is broadly more flexible).

They wrote: "The pilot market is changing, and Ryanair will need to change the ways which the pilots and management work together to ensure a stable and common future for everyone".

Ryanair said that by the end of this week, it expects to have re-accommodated, or authorised refund requests, to over 95 percent of the 315,000 customers affected by these cancellations.

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